Monday, July 1, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 151



Brazil wins the World Cup

World Cup Report

Christian Schmidt

This is the worst time of year for a sports fan. Football, even training camp, won't start for a few more weeks. The NBA and NHL finished up a few weeks ago and baseball is smack in the middle of its season.

Given that distressing situation, the sports fan is left with few options. There is tennis, as arguably the world's greatest tournament, Wimbledon, is going on. And there is the WNBA, just getting into the heart of its schedule.

The immediate future looks bleak for the sports fan. Today though, let's look back at the world's greatest sporting event, the World Cup.

World Cup Final

Brazil is champion. Even in a year when the Brazilians weren't favored to win the Cup, it should come as no surprise that "the beautiful game" triumphed.

Germany, who had relied on superb defense and effective counterattacking, could not stand up to the pressure the Brazilian offense applied.

For the first half, the Brazilian striking trio of Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Rivaldo were not themselves, looking tired and anything but dangerous. Clearly though, Brazilian coach "Big Phil" Scolari said something important at halftime, because the tide of the game quickly changed.

Up to the 67th minute, Germany and Brazil had roughly equal possession. Then, the world's greatest player worked his magic. Ronaldo stole the ball from Germany's Dietmar Hamann, then quickly gave the ball to Rivaldo. Rivaldo's shot was blocked by goalkeeper Oliver Kahn. Ronaldo was there to score on the rebound.

Later, Ronaldo scored when Rivaldo allowed a pass to go through his legs, straight to the waiting striker.

Ronaldo's 12 World Cup goals (eight of them in this World Cup) tie him with Pele for the most by a Brazilian. Ronaldo trails only Gerd Muller of West Germany, who had 14, and Just Fontaine of France, who had 13.

Germany's Kahn had looked impenetrable for the entire World Cup. He had given up just one goal coming in to the final. But the attacking flair of Brazil was too much for any goalkeeper.

Third-place game

South Korea finally ran out of magic. Days after falling to the Germans, Gus Hiddink's squad fell to Turkey in a lopsided battle. The final score was 3-2, but the game was not as close as the final score.

The game began in spectacular fashion, as Turkey scored the game's first goal just ten seconds in, setting a World Cup record.

Turkey striker Ilhan Mansiz made good on his promise. He said that if he was in the starting lineup, he would score a goal. In fact, he scored two, and set up Hakan Sukur on the first goal.

This marked the best finish in either country's history.

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